ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Two of the Texas Rangers' major acquisitions at the trade deadline gave their fans something to cheer about Tuesday night.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the tiebreaking run with a sixth-inning double and Kason Gabbard went six innings to earn his first win with Texas, leading the Rangers to a 8-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Texas acquired Saltalamacchia from the Atlanta Braves and Gabbard from the Boston Red Sox in two major deals on July 31 — the deadline for making trades without waivers.
Mark Ellis homered and had three hits for Oakland. Shannon Stewart also went deep.
The game was tied at 3 when A's starter Chad Gaudin (8-8) walked Nelson Cruz leading off the sixth, and Jason Botts followed with a single.
Saltalamacchia then doubled in Cruz to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead. He is batting .167 (5-for-30) with three RBIs in seven games for Texas.
Gerald Laird chased Gaudin with a two-run double, advanced to third on a sacrifice and scored on Frank Catalanotto's double to extend the Rangers' lead to 7-3.
Gabbard (5-1) gave up three runs and five hits, struck out four and walked three in his first home start for Texas, which ended a five-game losing streak.
Gabbard gave up three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings in his Rangers' debut last week, a 5-0 loss at Cleveland.
C.J. Wilson got four outs for his third save in four chances, and Marlon Byrd homered for the Rangers. Gaudin lost his fifth straight decision, allowing seven runs and eight hits in five innings.